Coastcare Community Grants recipients
2021 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients
Coastcare Victoria have awarded a record 32 grants worth nearly $610,000 through the 2021 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program. The program has provided both small and large grants which contribute to the three pillars of Coastcare Victoria: Marine and Coastal Stewardship, Thriving Marine and Coastal Community Groups and Networks, and Victorians Valuing the Coast. Our three funding streams this year are outlined below with the successful recipients.
The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment. The 2021 grants program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and the Victorian Great Outdoors Initiative, which seek to build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.
Congratulations to all recipients. The quality and volume of applications received despite this challenging year for volunteering, highlights the unwavering commitment and passion shown by our coastal and marine volunteer groups.
Stream 1: Stewardship and Education
- Conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems
- Support community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management
|Apollo Bay Ocean Care|
Marengo coastal rehabilitation and community workshops
Apollo Bay Ocean Care (ABOC) is a newly established conservation, education and citizen science group based in the southern Otways. This grant will support workshops on shell identification, seaweed identification, fish identification and Indigenous cultural use of the area as well as efforts to support and maintain coastal biodiversity through revegetation, environmental weed control and rubbish collection around the Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary. Our group will conduct beach shell surveys, and develop marine identification booklets for the community to use while snorkeling at Marengo Reefs MS.
|Beach Patrol 3280-3284|
Washed Up: citizen science research, education, information and communications
This project aims to educate the public about our localised marine debris issues and communicate the work of Beach Patrol 3280-3284. Our marine debris stories will be communicated through videos, infographics, and reports. Our group has uploaded data for over 1,000 beach clean-ups since 2017. This has generated detailed records of 300,000+ plastic items providing a unique 36-month data set.
Fostering Saltmarsh Habitat in the Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve
The purpose of this project is to address an invasive weed threat to the Breamlea Saltmarsh and engaging as many residents as possible in understanding and implementing a solution.
|Camberwell Girls Grammar School|
To spread awareness on the Northern Pacific sea stars and their damage to the Bay we aim to educate people on its identification and compare native sea star species with the physical appearance of the Northern Pacific sea stars. As a consequence we hope to prevent the death of our native species. We are also promoting EarthCare St Kilda’s removal program.
|Corinella Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management|
Reducing Pest Pressures on Corinella Foreshore Reserve
This Project will reduce pest plant infestations and pest animal grazing pressures on the significant RAMSAR and marine coastline of Corinella. This will enhance the habitat viability for threatened flora and fauna species, remove erosion pressures cause by rabbits and weed species and protect environmentally and culturally significant sites from disturbance.
Revealing the habits of Port Phillip Bay’s iconic spider crabs
Spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) form massive aggregations within Port Phillip Bay (PPB), are an important ecotourism attraction, and may help regulate introduced pests (e.g. Northern Pacific seastars). Time-lapse cameras will be deployed to obtain digital images at different known spider crab aggregation sites. Citizen scientists will analyse the data and this will be correlated with environmental factors to allow us to understand the factors triggering the aggregations.
|Eagle Point Landcare Coastcare Group|
Weeds Be Gone
Our goal is to preserve and protect the natural values of the Eagle Point Conservation Reserve and surrounds. A critical goal of the Eagle Point Landcare Coastcare Group strategy management plan is to effectively manage weeds.
|French Island Landcare Group|
Habitat rehabilitation on French Island's South coast
Prior to being grazed the south coast of French Island was a pristine environment with indigenous species growing profusely. Since the late 1980s, Parks Victoria have negotiated with landowners to fence the coastal strip to exclude livestock. This project will extend on from the previously restored areas by undertaking weed control and replanting of indigenous species along the South Coast.
|Friends of Chinamans Creek Inc|
Supporting the Swamp Skink and Coast Banksia Woodland 2021-2022
This project aims to support threatened flora and fauna species Swamp Skink (Lissolepis coventryi) and Coast Banksia Woodland and to assist in the mitigation of coastal erosion at the mouth of Chinaman’s Creek in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula. Project works include weed control, infill revegetation and dune erosion control planting, and reinstatement of exclusion fencing to reduce access to the mouth of Chinamans Creek.
|Friends of Sorrento Foreshore - affiliated with the Nepean Conservation Group Inc Group|
Sorrento Foreshore Rehabilitation Project
This project aims to enhance the iconic Sorrento Foreshore by addressing the proliferation of environmental noxious, mostly woody, weeds and rubbish as well as revegetation to further enhance the species diversity of the site and protect the fragile dune headland.
|Friends of the Bluff|
Living on the Edge Reimagined
Following establishment of Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary in 2002, Friends of the Bluff, Barwon Heads developed the Living on the Edge website (www.barwonbluff.com.au) and educational CD Rom. These have been widely utilised as tools for raising community awareness of the values of the Marine Sanctuary. This project will ensure that the website continues to meet its purpose by restoring full functionality to the website and updating content after consultation with local community, schools and with agency partners and traditional owners groups.
|Friends of the Hooded Plover Far West Victoria|
Community stewardship - acting to protect Hooded Plovers in the West
The project will work in conjunction with community, BirdLife Australia and land managers to address major threats impacting Hooded Plover habitats in western Victoria. It will carry out critical nest site protection to reduce the impacts of human recreation, at sites between Warrnambool and Yambuk though a Site Protector Mentorship program to increase capacity and improve response times for nest protection in addition to weed management.
|Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care Group|
Diverse Communities: Sea, Look and Learn Program
Sea, Look and Learn is targeted to students and their families who don’t usually have any connection with Port Phillip Bay. On-water, marine focussed excursions are provided to 600 marginalised community members from asylum seeker groups and culturally diverse schools. On Kororoit Creek they will take part in tree planting, water testing and habitat surveys. At Jawbone Marine Sanctuary they will take part in curriculum activities designed to build their knowledge of the marine environment, and conduct surveys using a range of scientific methods.
|Marine Care Ricketts Point|
Engaging community to manage overabundant urchins at Ricketts Point MS
Overabundant native urchin reduction in RPMS by MCRP and other qualified community members with assistance from VNPA SCUBA leaders and commercial divers, overseen by Parks Victoria.
|McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc|
Protecting the ecosystems and biodiversity of the McCrae foreshore
As well as continued stewardship in maintaining established sites, the project will restore and protect a dune area subject to active erosion and vulnerable to inundation through weed removal, mulching and revegetation.
|Merricks Beach Foreshore Committee of Management|
Restoring understorey diversity in endangered Grassy Woodland
Grassy Woodland is an endangered Ecological Vegetation Class in the Gippsland Plains Bioregion. Small, fragmented patches have generally lost most of their understorey wildflowers and are subject to weed invasion.
|Mornington & District Historical Society Inc (c/o Fossil Beach Interest Group)|
Interpretation & Conservation Package: Fossil Beach Mornington
Increased public interest and visitation at the Fossil Beach Historic Area requires interpretative tools to assist the four pre-existing information signs in the precinct. This will assist site protection, improve visitor safety, plus increase public awareness of the site's significant features for future conservation purposes.
|Ocean Grove Primary School|
Ocean Plastic Pollution Education and Prevention Strategies
This project is one aspect of the Resource Smart Schools Program and will focus on waste management within the coastal zone with the aim of reducing student and community impact on the natural environment.
|Phillip Island Nature Parks|
Scenic Estate Erosion Remediation and Vegetation Improvement
Scenic Estate Reserve (SER) is a newly established conservation reserve on Phillip Island. This project will provide an opportunity to assess current threats by mapping weeds and outlining a set of recommendations to prioritise on ground works. Revegetation works to complement existing plantings including re-establishing Moonah woodland and the implementation of erosion control measures will also be undertaken.
The Rye Seaside Scavenge
Seaside Scavenge is a grassroots environmental organisation which believes that our unsustainable consumption of the earth's resources is polluting the environment and contributing to climate change.
|Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare|
2021 Tambo Bluff War on Weeds
Tambo Bluff is home to a remnant littoral rainforest. Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare has reduced weed biomass by > 90% following 28 years of work. Funding is sought in order to support volunteer weeding efforts by having a contractor following up in mid/late 2022 to treat any re-emerging invasive weeds.
|Tarwin Landcare Group|
Protection & restoration of the coastal foreshore at Andersons Inlet
This project will deliver the planting 500 mangrove seedlings along the southern foreshore of Anderson Inlet to mitigate erosion, conserve and enhance habitat for biodiversity and store carbon. A permanent interpretative sign, new webpage and community information session will raise awareness of the role mangroves play in a healthy coastal ecosystem. Monthly water monitoring will produce data to identify potential impacts on mangrove health and establish benchmarks for future water monitoring programs.
|Werribee River Association|
Restoration Plantings at Grahams Wetlands Project
The Restoration at Grahams Wetlands Project will deliver restoration and shoreline erosion plantings, citizen science monitoring, community engagement events, use communication tools to further educate and raise awareness of the value of the saltmarsh ecosystem, revive the Friends of Werribee South, and seek to build capacity for ongoing work in coast care in partnership with various stakeholders.
|Wye to Wongarra Landcare Group|
Sea Spurge Removal at Kennett River
Revegetation and weed control on the dune system at Kennett River by community volunteers.
Stream 2: Strengthening Our Volunteer Groups (marine and coastal volunteering)
To build community capacity and support community adaptation to climate change through actions which:
Expand, diversify and increase inclusivity of volunteer bases (e.g. encourage participation of volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities and youth)
“Reimagine volunteering” to attract more/ different volunteers e.g. flexible, casual, event-based or short term volunteering
Improve volunteer recruitment and retention
Succession planning for your group
|Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group|
Small numbers making a big difference
With more than 20 years of planting along the Mitchell River, Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group (BULGInc) has worked hard to remove exotic woody weeds (predominately Poplar species) and revegetated our urban Mitchell River frontage. To support this work, we would like to purchase a BULGInc trailer, customised for transporting water, plants, mulch and our group's gear. We would also like to purchase more group owned revegetation and weed control gear. We will also purchase 300 indigenous plants to infill and improve biodiversity and to assist our established sites become more resilient to weed infestation.
|BirdLife Australia (Beach-nesting Birds Program)|
Walk for a cause: Bushwalkers helping conserve coastal flagships
In Victoria, there are vast stretches of coastal habitat that are remote and only accessible via walking trails. The threatened beach-nesting Hooded Plover (Thinornis cucullatus) and coastal heath-dwelling Eastern Ground Parrot (Pezoporus wallicus) have been identified as species where data is lacking in important parts of their range. Tailored training will be provided to several bushwalking/hiking clubs on identification of these species and how to safely monitor them. The data collected by these groups will be used to improve habitat and mitigate threats.
|Reef Life Survey Foundation Inc|
Building a network of Reef Life Survey divers in Victoria
This project builds volunteer community skills and knowledge in coastal and marine biodiversity monitoring and provides surveys of current biodiversity and resource condition in priority coastal areas of Port Phillip Bay and surrounding reefs for 2022 and 2023.
|Ventnor Coastcare Association Incorporated|
Restoring the biodiversity of the Ventnor Beach Rd Foreshore Reserve
Ventnor Coastcare Association Inc (VCCA) operating on Phillip Island, aims to: 1. restore and conserve the biodiversity of the Ventnor Beach Rd Foreshore Reserve, an increasingly popular, biodiverse, coastal and marine environment; 2. increase, diversify, strengthen and retain our volunteer base; and 3. build community capacity, to make better environmental decisions and respond more effectively to the challenges of our changing climate.
|Victorian National Parks Association|
Snorkeling with Marine Scientists
This project will harness social media to recruit and engage volunteers though a partnership with ‘Snorkelling Melbourne Victoria’. Training of VNPA staff as snorkel instructors will allow volunteers to participate safely in marine citizen science events including The Great Victorian Fish Count (GVFC) and the Sea Slug Census (SSC). Education and engagement materials including videos will also be produced to improve volunteer recruitment.
|Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery & Landcare|
Youth volunteering in the Melbourne Sandbelt
Westgate Biodiversity is partnering with Bayside Intrepid Landcare to diversify our volunteer base by engaging diverse, young people in coastal volunteering, with a strong focus on training and capacity building. This project combines trials of new salt marsh plant propagation techniques at our fully equipped nursery, with on-ground rehabilitation work at the remnant coastal saltmarsh of Westgate Park.
Stream 3: Supporting Traditional Owner Self-Determination Grants:
- To support Traditional Owner capacity and support community adaptation to climate change through actions which:
- Recognise Traditional Owners longstanding and deep knowledge and connection to Country
- Recognise and support Traditional Owners’ role in leading healing and ongoing care and use of Country
- Support Traditional Owners in restoring marine and coastal cultural knowledge and practice
- Support two-way capability and capacity building to improve the effectiveness of working relationships and build a shared understanding between Traditional Owners and other marine and coastal land managers.
|Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation RTNBC|
Gunditjmara Nyamat Mirring
This Coastcare application is for Gunditjmara knowledge and skills workshops and trips on Nyamat Mirring. It is also to put together a book and poster to share with mob and use for education. GMTOAC have been funded by DELWP for Nyamat Mirring planning which covers the formal planning process. This application is for mob time and resources.
|Tag For Life|
Marine Species and Traditional Communities of Bass Strait
The project will be a partnership between Tag For Life/CSIRO and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GlaWAC) Traditional Owner organisation in Gippsland, Victoria. The initial phase will focus on relationship building that will combine the expertise of scientists with historical knowledge and traditional culture that will dovetail into both the sea ranger and research programs. The second phase of the project will be on-ground activities and training of participants from the TO groups supporting self-determination. Phase three will be evaluating and providing data to the groups for TOs to own and use for public extension programs, or as they see fit.
2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients
In 2020, 24 grants worth a total of $492,299.10 have been awarded through the 2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program. The program has provided up to $30,000 to community groups and educational institutions to conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments and strengthen marine and coastal volunteer groups.
The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.
Congratulations to all recipients. The volume and quality of applications received highlights the commitment, innovation and passion shown by coastal volunteer groups to make lasting improvements to our coastline.
Category 1: Stewardship and Education
- Conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems
- Support community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management in the face of climate change
|Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation|
Convincing Ground restoration project
Restoration of a tract of land that was Traditionally the clan lands of the Kilcarrer Gunditj where a Convincing Ground massacre took place following conflict with whalers. Restoring the health of the land by removing rubbish, identifying possible cultural heritage sites, invasive weed removal and revegetation. “The project will get our mob on Country…to educate ourselves and the wider community…the area needs to be healed and this can only be done by us”.
|Mornington Environment Association and subgroup Friends of Mills Beach|
Coastal Woodland Rehabilitation - Red Bluff and Mills Beach
Continue the rehabilitation of important coastal woodland along one of Mornington's most popular foreshore areas through maintenance, weed control, re-establishing native habitat, education and engagement and increasing pride in the local environment through interpretive signage.
Phillip Island Landcare Group
Phillip Island Coastcare Blitz - Collaboration, engagement, training and action
Bringing together Coastcare and Coast Action groups across Phillip Island in collaboration with Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Landcare Group to inspire, engage, educate and facilitate community working bees along the coast.
|Australian Marine Mammals Conservation Foundation|
Marine Mammals Connecting Communities
Expanding the unique community education program, Marine Litter Project, with public awareness events to create greater understanding of local marine environmental values, demonstrating how we can all make positive differences. Travelling along the coast with the interactive ‘BurraVan’ display trailer.
Birds n Bickies: Communities Conserving Migratory Shorebirds
Shorebird Monitoring citizen science program that raises awareness of shorebirds and their habitat and encourages the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds across Victoria.
|Tangaroa Blue Foundation|
Let’s Strain The Drains – Warrnambool
The first stormwater debris monitoring project in Warrnambool (just the second in Victoria) builds on existing local beach clean-up data by analysing stormwater drain data to help identify the source of litter on beaches and reduce litter at the source.
|Ocean Grove Coastcare Group|
Bin the Butt
A pilot project in collaboration with Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the City of Greater Geelong to address over-representation of cigarette butt litter along the Ocean Grove coastline. Combines installation and monitoring of cigarette butt bins, distribution of personal butt bins and community awareness/education activities.
|Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) Inc|
Avoiding a murder: training ravens to leave beach-nesting birds alone
Investigating a non-lethal raven management technique widely used in the northern hemisphere by conditioning taste aversion through exposure to treated artificial eggs to advance beach-nesting bird conservation efforts across coastal Victoria.
|Friends of Beleura Cliff Path|
Re-vegetation of Beleura Cliff Path - Stage three
Achieving a dense strip of deep-rooted, long lived indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses down the length of Beleura path using indigenous seed-bombs.
|Lake Tyers Coast Action Inc|
Living Bung Yarnda: water quality monitoring and knowledge sharing at Lake Tyers
Establishing a citizen science water quality monitoring program in Bung Yarnda (Lake Tyers) East Gippsland. incorporating different ways of seeing and knowing place across cultures and generations through the collection of stories, anecdotes, photographs and artworks and assisting in the ongoing management of the lake.
|Bass Valley Landcare Group|
Multi-faceted Mangrove Management in the Bass Valley
Combining environmental research and monitoring with direct on-ground action to achieve the most effective results for restoration of Mangrove Shrubland EVC in the Bass Valley.
Litter Trackers - 'Burbs to the Bay
Releasing GPS tracked bottles into suburban waterways to track the journey of litter from catchments to coasts. Educating communities and school children about the life of litter and gathering reliable, scientifically relevant data about litter depositional zones and transport rates.
|Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care|
Fostering our future with Blue Carbon: A local approach
Developing a blue carbon program to increase understanding and local conservation of blue carbon systems (Mangroves, seagrass and saltmarsh) within the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary through partnership with Parks Victoria, Deakin University, Blue Carbon Lab, Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre, Mangrove Watch, Victorian National Parks Association, and Friends of Williamstown Wetlands.
|Friends of the Prom|
Restore Hooded Plover Habitat at Picnic Bay
Extending the successful Squeaky Beach sea spurge eradication and Hooded Plover habitat restoration to Picnic Bay through chemical spraying and volunteer hand-weeding.
|Swinburne University of Technology|
Healthy Rivers, Healthy Bay: Western Port
Raising community awareness within four Local Government Areas surrounding Western Port to instil a sense of ownership and environmental stewardship through student workshops and citizen science activities (water quality monitoring and litter surveys) and conserving and enhancing 70Ha of catchment and coastal areas.
|South West Environmental Education Inc|
Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project
Tackling environmental issues impacting on the integrity of the Lagoon Project area and its estuarine environs with a community driven program of working bees and planting days. Fish and other fauna within the Lagoon will benefit from the restored riparian zone and improved water quality.
|French Island Landcare Group Inc|
Habitat rehabilitation on French Islands south coast
Restoring native vegetation with weed control and replanting indigenous species, extending previously restored areas.
|Rhyll Coast Action Inc|
The Blue Periwinkle Project
Rehabilitating and conserving an otherwise relatively healthy part of the southern Rhyll coastline by controlling a large infestation of Blue Periwinkle.
|Australian Plants Society - Warrnambool & District Group|
Plants of the Great South West Third Edition
Production and Printing of a third edition of the popular book "Plants of the Great South West" which contains photographs and full descriptions of plants in south west Victoria. The new edition will include 116 extra species and in total 130 rare and endangered plants along with over 50 environmental weeds.
Category 2: Strengthening Our Volunteer Groups (marine and coastal volunteering)
To build community capacity and support community adaptation to climate change through actions which:
- Expand, diversify and increase inclusivity of volunteer bases (e.g. encourage participation of volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities and youth)
- “Reimagine volunteering” to attract more/ different volunteers e.g. flexible, casual, event-based or short term volunteering
- Improve volunteer recruitment and retention
- Succession planning for your group
Port Phillip EcoCentre
Multicultural Bay Ambassadors and Multifaith Coastcare
Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities who may face language or logistical barriers to joining Coastcare activities including introduction to marine and coastal volunteering, multilingual animations and field training internships to four Multicultural Bay Ambassadors.
Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha
Moving Forward - Building BERG Mt Martha's Capacity to Grow
Succession planning and mentoring the next wave of volunteer leaders to improve the capacity of individuals and the organisation to be innovative using the Look Outwards, Not Inwards (LONI) approach.
|South Gippsland Conservation Society Incorporated (SGCS)|
SGCS renewal - planning for the future
Engaging consultants to support SGCS to review its current position and develop a written plan for moving forward. The Society is a significant resource, supporting conservation in the region and desperately needs to refresh both its vision, its management and its membership in order to continue to fulfil this role.
|The Sanctuary Mallacoota Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota|
Wilderness Coast Project - Sanctuary Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota
Increase and enrich the understanding, interest and connection that young people have to the unique SE Victorian coastline through on-ground land management activities and mentorships and maintaining community spirit as locals continue to heal following the recent bushfires.
|Bellarine Catchment Network|
Blue Volunteers: towards an active, diverse and resilient Coastcare community
Expand and diversify coastal volunteer base by pioneering innovative methods and new partnerships with scouts, Aboriginal groups, multicultural organisations and more. Projects will development resources and activities to assist youth and people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to increase their engagement and on-ground action in coastal and marine environments.
2019 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients
|Beach Patrol 3280||Stop the POP (Plastic Ocean Pollution)|
|Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management||Northern Bellarine Red-Capped Plover Community Education|
|Bellarine Catchment Network||Creating our Future Coast-carers|
|Bellarine Landcare Group||Coastal and Inland Plants: Booklets for the Bellarine Peninsula|
|Earthcare St Kilda Inc.||St Kilda Penguin Visitor App|
|East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network||Chinaman's Creek Rainforest Recovery|
|Frankston Beach Association Inc.||Wells Street to Beach Street Foreshore Rehabilitation Project|
|Friends of Beware Reef||Improving marine species video footage|
|Friends of Chinamans Creek Inc.||Chinamans Swamp Skink Habitat Restoration Project|
|Friends of Earimil Bluff (MEAFEC)||Protecting, extending and interpreting biodiverse botanical reference area Earimil Bluff|
|Friends of Flinders Coastline Inc.||Coastal Flinders Restoration Project|
|Friends of Mallacoota||Rehabilitate Gabo Island|
|Friends of the Prom Inc.||Sea Spurge Removal Stage 2: Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach|
|Friends of Williams Roade Beach (Mt. Eliza Association for Environmental Care)||Furthering resilience at steep locations & enhancing site understanding of scouts, Mt. Eliza Foreshore|
|Gippsland Plains CMN||Eagle Point enhancement and education|
|Harmers Haven Residents & Ratepayers Group — Friends of Harmers Haven||Eradicating Cape Honey Flower at Harmers Haven|
|Harmers Haven Residents & Ratepayers Group — Friends of Harmers Haven||Continuation of Successful Sea Spurge Control on Primary Dunes at Harmers Haven|
|Jan Juc Coast Action||Caring for Jan Juc's heathlands|
|Killarney Coastcare Group||Belfast Coastal Reserve Spring Planting 2019|
|Making a Difference for the Merri (MAD) Landcare group||Woollen Mill Riparian Restoration - Merri River|
|McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc.||Protecting Coastal Banksia woodland and revegetating degraded spaces- McCrae foreshore|
|MESAC - Marine Education Science and Community Centre Inc.||MESAC - Who are we and why are we important to our oceans and community?|
|NGSC Green Action Project||The Green Action Project/ North Geelong Secondary School|
|Safety Beach Foreshore Landscape Committee Inc.||Coast Care Safety Beach 2019/20|
|South West Environmental Education Inc.||Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project|
|Torquay Landcare Group Inc.||Spring Creek our hidden jewel|
|Victorian National Parks Association||Great Victorian Fish Count|
|Victorian Wader Study Group Inc.||Sustaining long-term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia|
|Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network||Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Conservation Project 2019|
The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program supports community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment.
The 2022-23 grants program is funded by Victoria’s Great Outdoors which seeks to build community capacity, support community adaptation, and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.
The 2022 Grants Program aims to support the three pillars in the Coastcare Victoria Strategy 2021-2026, (PDF, 1.8 MB) including,
- Marine and Coastal Stewardship - conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and preventative actions for Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Thriving Marine and Coastal Community Groups and Networks - supporting community organisations to diversify, plan for the future and be responsive to change.
- Victorians Valuing the Coast - supporting community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management.
The Victorian Government is providing funding up to $375,000 for the 2022-23 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program.
In 2022, small grants of up to $10,000 per project are available.
Projects will fit into one of three streams on offer including:
- Stewardship and Education.
- Strengthening our Volunteer Groups.
- Supporting Traditional Owner Self-Determination.
The following community groups and organisations with a focus on marine and coastal environments are eligible for funding:
- Coastcare Victoria groups
- Aboriginal groups and organisations, land councils, trusts and co-operatives working on-country
- Landcare groups
- ‘Friends of’ groups
- Field naturalist groups
- Non-government community organisations
- Community service organisations and clubs
- Coastal Committees of Management
- Educational institutions including schools and universities (recommended to partner with local coastal volunteer group).
To be eligible for funding applicants must be:
- an incorporated association registered through Consumer Affairs Victoria (check here: www.consumer.vic.gov.au) or other state incorporating agency; or
- a registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (check here: ACNC www.acnc.gov.au); or
- a coastal Committee of Management incorporated under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978; or
- a Registered Aboriginal Party under the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, or
- an educational institution.
- submission of certificate of insurance demonstrating provision of sufficient insurance as determined by the appointed land manager to safeguard volunteers and participants involved in the funded activities, including public liability insurance of at least $10million and personal accident insurance. Please Note - where your Land Manager's insurance covers your group (for example Parks Victoria), please upload the Letter of Support in place of the Certificate of Insurance in the Grants Online Portal Application Form. If your group has a similar arrangement please discuss with a Coastcare Victoria Facilitator.
Groups and organisations that do not meet the above requirements can still apply for funding but must operate under the auspices of a sponsor organisation. You will be required to supply written approval (such as supporting letter) from your auspice (sponsor) as part of your application.
How to apply
Applications consist of:
- Completion of an online form. See our website for a MS Word document template of this formfor drafting your application prior to copying it into the online form.
- Completion of a multi-tab MS Excel spreadsheet. This needs to be uploaded to the DELWP Grants Online portal.
- Supporting documentation uploaded to the DELWP Grants Online portal. Applications are submitted online using the DELWP Grants Online portal.
To access existing drafts or submitted applications, go to: https://delwp1.force.com/
You will need to register for an account prior to commencing your application. You will receive an application number after you apply online. Please quote this number in all communications with DELWP relating to your application.
Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 5pm
Successful applicants notified
Agreements signed (milestone 1) and payments made
Job Safety Plan due (milestone 2)
31 December 2022 (or 14 days prior to the first event/activity, whichever is earlier)
Final report due (milestone 3) and project completed
31 May 2023
Guidelines and other documents
- Guidelines Coastcare Victoria 2022/23
(PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Guidelines Coastcare Victoria 2022/23 (DOCX, 5.2 MB)
- Application Spreadsheet Streams 1 and 3 (Excel, 69.8 KB)
- Application Spreadsheet Stream 2 (Excel, 64.7 KB)
- Template Application Form Stream 1 (DOCX, 199.0 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Template Application Form Stream 2 (DOCX, 190.3 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Template Application Form Stream 3 (DOCX, 198.3 KB) applications must be made using grants online
Project design and development resources
Useful resources for the planning and development of your grant project.
- Coastcare Victoria Funded Projects Standards (PDF, 319.0 KB)
- Video: MapShare instructions (06:52)
- DELWP Acknowledgement of Vic Gov Funding Support Guidelines (PDF, 4.7 MB)
- Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Standards - Media and Communications Reporting (PDF, 164.9 KB)
- DELWP Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Guide (PDF, 11.0 MB)
- DELWP Output Delivery Standard
- Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVC) and bioregions
Assistance Facilitators can provide
Facilitators can help potential applicants with:
- Finding and interpreting key points in the Guidelines that are particularly relevant to your project.
- Clarifying whether your group is eligible or may need to find an auspice to sponsor their application.
- Clarifying whether your project is eligible. For instance, if you think one of your project activities or budget items may fall under one of the types listed under ‘ineligible activities and budget items’, but you’re not sure, contact a Coastcare Victoria facilitator with your scenario so they can confirm whether the activity or budget item is ineligible.
- Discussing any concerns you have about whether your project is suitable for Coastcare Victoria Community Grant funding.
- Pointing to relevant resources to support your project design.
- Asking key questions to support you in developing your application responses.
- Problems with creating a map using MapShare (online program used to develop a map of your site for projects with on-ground works or events being held on public land).
- Brokering a relationship with your relevant Traditional Owners.
- Advising which public agency is the Land Manager for your project site. There may be multiple Land Managers across your project site. Sometimes it is unclear where boundaries between Land Managers are located and the Land Manager can change.
- Any queries about Land Manager/s consent.
- How to comply with the legal requirements of your funding agreement (if your application is successful).
Coastcare Victoria Facilitator Contacts
Far South West
0427 316 324
Bellarine and Surf Coast
Madison (Madi) Cassie
0436 604 127
Port Phillip Bay and Westernport
0427 268 169
0427 441 013
0436 629 941
Application tips, ideas and inspiration
Video: Grant application tips (9:07) - watch here
Naomi Wells from Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) shares the key elements of their successful 2019 Coastcare Victoria grant application.